Wednesday, September 21, 2005
  quick update
so yesterday i only had to work for a couple of hours.. then the power went out and the "to go home or not to go home" (i was the ONLY one who showed up at the office) dilemma was solved for me.  luckily, my apartment never lost power.  :)
monday night when i went home, fluffy came to the screen of the crawlspace cover and started to cry.  i was so not impressed; fluffy was stuck.  there are, i dunno, air vents around the length of the house.. very small little windows with screens over them.  i went to one of the air vents to look inside and saw THREE sets of eyes reflecting back at me - fluffy, kitten, and her new best friend, bigote.  the air vent had a big slit it in already, so i ripped it the rest of the way and called to the cats.  fluffy wanted out but wasn't convinced he'd fit so kept going back to the screen.  it was so sad.  finally he tried through the air vent and scooted his way out, just barely fitting.  luckily, kitten and bigote are both smaller so should have no problem getting in or out.
i spoke with the landlord later and he said that i shouldn't worry about the outdoor cats - there's an air vent at the front of the house that's open so they can still get in for the storm.  so i guess i shouldn't be as mad as i was when i discovered the three cats were apparently sealed in the crawlspace.
kitten has gotten good at coming to my door and crying when she wants in.  today, she was out there with bigote.  isn't that just the funniest?  from the second he approached her outside, she was nice to him.  and now they're BFF.  what is it about bigote that's different from EVERY OTHER CAT ON THE PLANET that somehow makes him acceptable?  strange.
ok, so that's the cat drama for the day.  i got a project i gotta finish, so offa here for me..
btw - no hurricane scariness here.  just some tornados yesterday a few miles from my house!  and lots of rain!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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